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St. Petersburg Opera Company presents Puccini's <i>Turandot</i>

Susan Tsagkaris plays Princess Turandot and Casey Finnigan is Calaf in the St. Petersburg Opera Company&#8217;s production.
Susan Tsagkaris plays Princess Turandot and Casey Finnigan is Calaf in the St. Petersburg Opera Company’s production.
Published Jun. 2, 2015

Fans of Puccini will recognize Turandot, which opens Friday from the St. Petersburg Opera Company at the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg, as the composer's final work.

It is a grand one, drawn from a 12th-century Persian legend about an icy princess and the mysterious suitor who is willing to risk death to win her heart.

But even the most casual music fan has probably heard the Nessun dorma aria which begins the opera's third act. Set in China's Forbidden City, Turandot's deceptively simple plot explores themes of love, nobility and power.

The opera was first performed in 1926, two years after Puccini's death. This production stars Susan Tsagkaris as Princess Turandot; Casey Finnigan as the Unknown Prince (Calaf); Fred Frabotta as the Emperor Altoum; and Matthew Curran as Timur, a deposed king.

The production is sung in Italian with visible English translations. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Sunday, and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday $22 to $67. (727) 823-2040. stpeteopera.org.

Andrew Meacham, Times performing arts critic

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